Judge Juan R. Torruella is Puerto Rican. He is also the longest-standing federal judge in Puerto Rican history.
Judge Torruella has served on the federal bench for 42 years, from 1974 through 2016. He is still a high-ranking federal judge.
For 32 years (1984 through today) he has served on the US First Circuit Court of Appeals. Seven of those years (1994 through 2001) he was the Chief Justice of the First Circuit.
Torruella is also a leading interpreter of what is known as “the Insular Cases” (Balzac v. Porto Rico; De Lima v. Bidwell; Goetze v. US; Dooley v. US; Armstrong v. US; Downes v. Bidwell; Huus v. New York and Porto Rico Steamship Co.) and he wrote what many legal scholars consider the definitive analysis of those cases:
In 2013, Judge Torruella called for a general strike against US chain…
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